Sunday, February 25, 2018

48 hours in Seoul South-Korea (part II) | Guide

You might have read about the first 24 hours of my Korea trip here, so in this part, I'll tell you about the second leg of our mini-trip to Seoul. On day 2 we woke up early to meet with our Korean friends, who would show us some good spots in the city. We had a late flight that night so had a whole day ahead of us to explore the Seoul!
48 hours in Seoul South-Korea (part II) | Guide

Korea Furniture Museum
This museum is somewhat of a hidden gem since it's located a bit outside of the center, in the Northern part of the city. Pictures are not allowed inside, but this museum showcases a collection of about 500 pieces of antique traditional Korean furniture. Everything is made of different varieties of wood such as persimmon, maple and paulownia, and every piece is equally beautiful and functional. Equally impressive are the various traditional buildings in which the museum is housed. Don't forget to check out the beautiful view over Seoul through the pine trees. 
121 Daesagwan-ro, Seongbuk-gu


48 hours in Seoul South-Korea (part II) | Guide

48 hours in Seoul South-Korea (part II) | Guide

48 hours in Seoul South-Korea (part II) | Guide

Pyongyang Myeonok Jinmi Pyeongyang Nangmyun
So here's the deal. Our Korean friends took us to this North-Korean restaurant, but I don't remember the name. The business card was also in Korean, which didn't help much! So I think that this is the name of the place, but I'm only 70% sure ;) Edit: my friend gave me the correct name of this place. Jinmi meals "real taste", Pyeongyang is the capital of North-Korea and  Nangmyun means "cold noodle". The food we had were was typical North-Korean (yes it's a little different to South-Korean). Cold buckwheat noodles, hot noodles with beef, dumplings and different picked vegetables! I loved the cold noodles, so good!
> Junggak bldg fl 1 Hakdongro 305-3 Gangnam gu Seoul

48 hours in Seoul South-Korea (part II) | Guide

48 hours in Seoul South-Korea (part II) | Guide

Myeong-dong 
We actually went here on day 1, but since the first post was way too long, I decided to include it in this post! Myeong-dong is an area with different streets, FULL of shops. A lot of clothing but mostly beauty stores, so if you're in for some Korean beauty products (known as some of the best in the world), this is heaven. I bought a ton of face masks since Korean masks are really the best. But I didn't like this area so much because it was super crowded and overwhelming!

48 hours in Seoul South-Korea (part II) | Guide

48 hours in Seoul South-Korea (part II) | Guide

48 hours in Seoul South-Korea (part II) | Guide

Style Nanda
One shop I liked a lot in Myeong-dong was Style Nanda. It's a huge pink 6-story building which definitely gives off some Hotel Budapest vibes! The entrance is styled to look like a hotel lobby, and all the subsequent floors have different themes, like a laundry room, spa, swimming pool and hotel rooms. They sell everything from cosmetics to clothes to accessories, more or less in the Zara price range. Really cool to visit if you're in the area!
66-2, Chungmuro 2-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul Korea

48 hours in Seoul South-Korea (part II) | Guide

48 hours in Seoul South-Korea (part II) | Guide

48 hours in Seoul South-Korea (part II) | Guide

48 hours in Seoul South-Korea (part II) | Guide

48 hours in Seoul South-Korea (part II) | Guide


10 Corso Como
For those of you who've been to Milan, you might already know this department store. It's the brainchild of Italian gallerist and former fashion editor Carla Sozzani. It's all of the following: design gallery, bookshop, fashion store and café. Basically the kind of place you could spend hours in. The design is super cool and gives off a seventies/sixties vibe. This particular area (in Gangnam but near the river) has a ton of cool stores and buildings, and it was one of my favorite areas to walk around. 
416 Apgujeong-ro Gangnam-gu Seoul 135-100


48 hours in Seoul South-Korea (part II) | Guide


48 hours in Seoul South-Korea (part II) | Guide

48 hours in Seoul South-Korea (part II) | Guide

48 hours in Seoul South-Korea (part II) | Guide


48 hours in Seoul South-Korea (part II) | Guide


48 hours in Seoul South-Korea (part II) | Guide

Boon The Shop
You're not allowed to take any photos inside this store (not entirely sure why?), but it's the coolest department store I visited in Seoul. It's located on the same street at Corso Como. They sell mostly high-end brands at this store, so it's a bit comparable to Barney's in New York. I mostly loved the design of the building (and the name)!
21 Apgujeong-ro 60-gil, Cheongdam-dong, Gangnam-gu, 서울특별시 

48 hours in Seoul South-Korea (part II) | Guide


48 hours in Seoul South-Korea (part II) | Guide

Louis Vuitton store Gangnam
Last but not least, the best façade I saw in the city. It reminds me of fish scales, so pretty, especially at dusk! It's actually a department store with a big LV shop-in-shop inside, which wasn't anything I hadn't seen before, but the building itself definitely makes it worth stopping by. 

48 hours in Seoul South-Korea (part II) | Guide

48 hours in Seoul South-Korea (part II) | Guide

We didn't do as much on day two since there was an icy wind which was pretty killing (thermal underwear highly recommended in winter here). But we walked around most of the day until it was time to get our suitcases from the Glad Live Hotel, stuff them with kimchi and head to the airport for our evening flight! 

48 hours in Seoul South-Korea (part II) | Guide

Seoul, it was a real pleasure and I cannot wait to be back again, hopefully with much more time to discover the city and the rest of South-Korea! Have you been yet? And if so, do you have any tips for my next trip? Make sure to check out part 1 of my Seoul guide if you haven't already done so! 



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